Matwetwe Smokes Its Homegrown Competition

Diprente and UIP South Africa announced that local film, Matwetwe, has made an impressive R980 762 within its first three days at the local box office. The movie which was produced by Tamsin Anderson and is Diprente’s third production following Blitz Patrollie and Catching Feelings, has delivered an amazing R57.7k screen average over 17 exhibitor sites and will look at increasing its national footprint within the coming weeks.

Black Coffee, South African multi award winning record producer and DJ, who also acted as executive producer on the film, had the following to say: “Matwetwe was the best performing SA film this weekend and we are all over the moon. YOU all made this happen and because of the demand many more screens are being added on Friday. YOU all spoke and they listened.”

Celebrated stand-up comedian, actor and writer, Kagiso Lediga, who also wrote, directed and produced Matwetwe, shared his views on the amazing opening results: “It goes to show that the market is hungry for this kind of content. We are very pleased.”

Matwetwe was the No. 4 film at the South African box office for the weekend 25 – 27 January 2019.

About Matwetwe

MATWETWE (WIZARD) is a coming of age adventure following Lefa and Papi, best friends and recent high school graduates, on the hustle of their young lives. Over the course of an action packed New Year’s Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville, the boys try to score a huge deal, dodge a king pin gangster and his violent minions, get the girl and ultimately save their lives in this hilarious escapade.

About Diprente

Founded in 2009, Diprente is an independent production house making original narrative content for the world from Johannesburg, South Africa. It has garnered awards and audience acclaim across the full range of its productions, including television, film, short form, animated and kids’ content.


Principal Photography On Travis Knight’s Bumblebee Has Begun

Paramount Pictures, in association with HASBRO, announced today that principal photography has commenced on “BUMBLEBEE.” The film’s shoot will take place entirely in California, including in Southern and Northern California.

Directed by Travis Knight (“KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS,” “CORALINE”), the film stars Hailee Steinfeld (“EDGE OF SEVENTEEN”), Pamela Adlon (“BETTER THINGS,””LOUIE”), John Cena (“DADDY’S HOME 2,” “TRAINWRECK”), Stephen Schneider (Comedy Central’s “BROAD CITY”), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (“SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING”), Jason Drucker (“DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL”), Kenneth Choi (“AMERICAN CRIME STORY”), Ricardo Hoyos (“DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS”), Abby Quinn (“LANDLINE,” “THE SISTERHOOD OF THE NIGHT”), Rachel Crow (“DEIDRA & LANEY ROB A TRAIN”), and Grace Dzienny (“ZOO”).

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.  When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

The film is produced by “TRANSFORMERS” franchise veterans Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Michael Bay, along with executive producers Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Chris Brigham (“ARGO,” “INCEPTION”) will also executive produce. The screenplay is written by Christina Hodson (“UNFORGETTABLE”).


Fast & Furious 8 Shatters Worldwide Record For Most Viewed Trailer

Talk about dropping a trailer into fifth gear.

Universal’s Sunday launch of The Fate of the Furious trailer became the largest debut ever, setting a new all-time global record with 139M views in its first 24 hours, and zooming past the 127.6M first day views recently posted by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

A perfect storm of events fueled the trailer drop for the eighth Fast & Furious title and drove it to great heights.

First, Uni debuted the trailer in a historic Times Square takeover with the franchise’s castmembers Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Michelle Rodriguez, Nathalie Emmanuel and director F. Gary Gray participating in the New York City event. The Fate of the Furious trailer took over 33 digital billboards in Times Square, all of which simultaneously played the spot with its debut on TV and online. The Big Kahuna billboard-the largest digital screen in the US at 30K square feet-was one of the screens playing the trailer.

The Facebook livestream, which preceded the trailer drop and the broadcast premiere on NBC, drew 4M-plus views to date.

Uni also aired the broadcast trailer during NBC’s Football Night in America pre-show that immediately preceded the New York Giants v. Dallas Cowboys game. Not a bad place to be: That sporting event turned out to be the most-watched primetime NFL game season-to-date with 26.7M viewers.

Currently, via YouTube and Facebook, The Fate of the Furious trailer counts north of 38.8M views in North America and 49.5M-plus views abroad. Third party sources accounted for 18.5M views, with talent social accounting for 32M views. Between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, the duo altogether count 270M-plus followers across their social channels (FB, Twitter, Instagram).

Previously on Friday, Dec. 9, fans were treated to a 15-second tease and the announcement of the film’s title, which resulted in multiple trends within moments of its debut.

The Fate of the Furious hits theaters on April 14. Through seven titles, the Fast & Furious franchise has racked up $3.9B at the global B.O. The previous installment, Furious 7, was the first in the series to cross the billion mark with $1.5B worldwide and also posted the fifth highest global opening with $397.7M.


Zayn | Taylor Swift Release “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”, First Single From Upcoming Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack

International superstars Zayn | Taylor Swift have released “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” the first single from Universal Pictures’ Fifty Shades Darker, it was announced today. The first release from the Fifty Shades Darker Official Soundtrack [Republic Records] comes as a duet from two of the biggest names in music. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” was written specifically for the Fifty Shades Darker feature film by Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff & Sam Dew and produced by Jack Antonoff. The official soundtrack and the film arrive in theaters on February 10, 2017.

Purchase “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)

The official soundtrack album arrives in stores and via online partners February 10, the same day that Fifty Shades Darker arrives in theaters. The new trailer for Fifty Shades Darker is now available on the movie’s official site. Iconic four-time Oscar® nominee Danny Elfman provides the original score for the film, while Dana Sano serves as the music supervisor.

About Fifty Shades Darker

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon.  Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015’s blockbuster film that grossed more than $560 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day and invites you to slip into something a shade darker.

When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance.  As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

Also returning from Fifty Shades of Grey are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini, who are joined for the first time by Oscar® winner Kim Basinger, Bella Heathcote and Eric Johnson.

Fifty Shades Darker is directed by James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series.  The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.